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Marva Wright

Down in Louisiana, Marva Wright was called the Blues Queen. Fans of her energy-filled performances, both live and recorded, called her a lot of other things, too, like "Marvalous Marva." The "bluesiana" numbers she favored were a strong showcase for her dynamic, gospel-rooted voice. One listen would be enough to convince any newcomer of her strengths, which was surprising in light of the fact that the vocalist was a late bloomer who didn't turn professional until 1987, when she was creeping up on 40. Even then, she only began singing as a way to support her family with a second job. Bourbon Street in the Big Easy led to more than she had dreamed, ultimately landing her gigs in Europe and across the world, with stops in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Russia, Norway, Sweden, and Brazil. Her appearances in the U.S. included Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York, as well as Texas, California, Vermont, Colorado, and Florida.

Although she made a career out of music late in life, Wright actually began to sing much earlier, when she was nine years old. Like many artists, her first public singing efforts were heard in church, with her mother as her accompanist. Top honors in a school-sponsored singing competition followed. Later in life, she credited her mother, a piano player and singer in a gospel quartet, as one of her main influences. Mahalia Jackson, the esteemed gospel singer, was an early friend of the family. Early in 1989 during a live set at Tipitina's in New Orleans, Wright made her first recording, "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean." She made her debut on national television in 1991 when her hometown was the setting for a special that revolved around the Super Bowl. Heartbreakin' Woman, Wright's first full-length release, appeared later that year and garnered honors from the Louisiana Music Critics Association as Blues Album of the Year. The Times-Picayune placed it among the year's Top Ten albums in the city.

Wright's 1993 album Born with the Blues was originally released in France, then three years later the major-label imprint Virgin picked it up for the rest of the world. A 2006 U.K. reissue on Shout! retitled the album Do Right Woman. Her 2007 effort, After the Levees Broke, addressed the devastation of Hurricane Katrina -- which destroyed her house and all her belongings -- by repurposing songs like Willie Nelson's "Crazy," Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come," and Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is." She also sang backup for such artists as Allen Toussaint, Glen Campbell, and Joe Cocker, and the long list of others Wright performed with includes Harry Connick, Jr., Bobby McFerrin, Aaron Neville, Fats Domino, Lou Rawls, and Marcia Ball. In May and June of 2009 Marva Wright suffered a pair of strokes from which she never fully recovered, and on March 23, 2010, she passed away a few days after her 62nd birthday at her eldest daughter's home in New Orleans. ~ Linda Seida
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Selected Discography

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Track List: After The Levees Broke

1. The Levee Breaking Down

2. Katrina Blues

3. God's Good Hands

4. That's The Way It Is

5. You Are My Sunshine

6. You Got A Hold On Me

7. Funny Not Sunny Kind Of Love

8. Bluesiana Mama

9. Rock Me

10. I Have Had My Fun

11. Crazy

12. Change Is Gonna Come

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Track List: Do Right Woman - The Soul Of New Orleans

1. Three Times

2. Before I Met You

3. It's Gonna Be All Right

4. Hound Dog

5. Can't Nobody Love You

6. Pray

7. It's So Nice

8. He's On The Way

9. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man

10. Been And Gone

11. The Glitter Queen

12. Born With The Blues

13. What's Wrong

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Track List: Heartbreakin' Woman

1. Heartbreakin' Woman

2. The Sky Is Crying

3. You Don't Miss Your Water

4. Ain't Nothin' You Can Do

5. Nothing Takes The Place Of You

6. Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home

7. Walk Around Heaven All Day

8. Bluesiana Mama

9. Let's Make Love

10. St. James Infirmary

11. Built For Comfort

12. Born Under A Bad Sign

13. Since You Came Into My Life

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Track List: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For...

1. Worried Dream

2. (The Battered Woman's Song) I'm Not Coming Back

3. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

4. One Night Stand

5. Someone Else Is Stepping In

6. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know

7. Groove Me

8. Easy Money

9. Bad Mouths And Gossip

10. Cry Like A Man

11. Bring It On Home To Me

12. A Change Is Gonna Come

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Track List: Marvalous

1. Members Only

2. I Had A Talk With My Man

3. Shake A Hand

4. Driving Wheel

5. Further On Up The Road

6. Mr. Big Stuff

7. Built For Comfort (1995 Version)

8. Wang Dang Doodle

9. You Can Have My Husband

10. Down Home Blues

11. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean

12. You Send Me

13. It's Raining

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Track List: Bluesianna Mama

1. Bluesianna Mama

2. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean

3. I'g Rather Go Blind

4. Never Make Your Move To Soon

5. Let The Good Times Roll

6. Driving Wheel

7. Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On

8. See See Rider

9. Memebers Only

10. Little Red Rooster

11. Mojo Working

12. Go Tell It On The Mountain

13. Boogie

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buckybjames
gotta love this woman's singin
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lisad196133
what a beautiful voice and song.
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johndandy690
My fav is Baby meet me w/ your black drawers on ...chk it out !
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pmahoney47
Note from my Husband: Miss, Ms. Marva. :( Knew her for such a long time since she was the Secretary at what would become my Jr/Sr High School. She ended up going full into music about my 3rd or 4th year & made a surprise appearance at a Talent show we had, tearing the roof down. My Brothers attended prior to me and I knew & liked her for 6 years before I got there. She just had the best attitude and loved all the students.
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Sad she's gone.
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Me too.

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How about the comment .... WOW! Love it.
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perry0052
This artist makes my soul feel up with joy every time i hear her.

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